All treatment that is necessary to protect and maintain the health of your mouth, teeth and gums, including dentures, crowns, and some bridges is available on the NHS.
If you want to have cosmetic treatments such as tooth whitening, white fillings, or crowns on your back teeth, you may decide to have this treatment done privately.
The three NHS charge bands are as follows:
This charge includes an examination, diagnosis and preventive advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, scale and polish and planning for further treatment.
This charge includes all the necessary treatment covered by the Band 1 charge, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment or extractions.
This charge includes all the necessary treatment that is covered by the Band 1 and Band 2 charges, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and some bridges.
Who can get Free NHS Dental Treatment?
You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts, you are:
- aged under 18
- under 19 and receiving full-time education
- pregnant or a mother who has had a baby in the previous 12 months
You also do not have to pay if, when the treatment starts, or when you are asked to pay:
you are included in an award (as a claimant, partner, or dependent person under 20) of
- Income Support
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Pension Credit guarantee credit
- Universal credit and for the last assessment period there were no earnings or earnings within the allowed limit
- you are named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate, or you are entitled to and NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- you are named on a valid HC2 certificate